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All of the tutorials on this page involve charcoal drawing.  Charcoal is burnt organic material, usually wood.  It comes in many different forms including pencils and sticks.  Softer charcoals are called vine charcoal, while harder varieties are called compressed charcoals.  Most charcoal is black although some manufacturers add white pigment to create white compressed charcoal.  Vine charcoal typically makes lighter marks that are easy to erase, while compressed charcoals make darker marks that are harder to erase. 

Charcoal can be used on many different surfaces.  Charcoal is sometimes used when making a preliminary drawing for an oil painting on canvas or panel.  For finished drawings, charcoal is typically used on textured drawing papers.   

CHARCOAL DRAWING TECHNIQUES


How to draw basic forms with charcoalHow to Draw Basic Forms with Charcoal
Learn how to use highlights and shadows to create the illusion of a light source and basic forms in this tutorial on drawing with charcoal.
How to draw water dropletsHow to Draw Water Droplets
Learn how to draw realistic water droplets and how light behaves within a transparent object.
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The Secrets to Drawing Basic Drawing TechniquesThe Secrets to Drawing- Basic Drawing Techniques
Learn various drawing techniques including those used in charcoal drawing.
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The Secrets to Drawing CharcoalThe Secrets to Drawing- Charcoal
Learn the basics of drawing with various forms of charcoal.

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


Powdered Charcoal - Portrait SketchPowdered Charcoal - Portrait Sketch
Learn how to tone paper with powdered charcoal and draw a portrait sketch with traditonal charcoal.
How to Draw with Charcoal - Skull HeaderCharcoal Drawing Techniques, Skull
Learn charcoal drawing techniques and how to draw a skull in this lesson that features the use of white and black charcoal on gray paper (2 Videos).
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Portrait Drawing - The Skull Frontal ViewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Skull - Frontal View
A look at drawing the structure of what lies beneath the face and head - the skull (frontal view).
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Drawing the skull-profile viewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Skull - Profile View
A continued look at drawing the skull from a profile view.
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How to Draw Basic Facial ProportionsPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - Basic Facial Proportions
The basic facial proportions and spacial relationships of the features
of the head.
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The Planes of the FacePortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Planes of the Face
A look at recognizing and drawing the planes of the face and the head.
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The Eye-Frontal ViewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The EYE - Frontal View
A look at drawing the eye from a frontal view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
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How to draw the eye from a profile viewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The EYE - Profile View
A look at drawing the eye from a profile view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
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How to draw the nose from a frontal viewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Nose - Frontal View
A look at drawing the nose from a frontal view by placing basic shapes and adding shading / value to create the illusion of form and texture.
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How to draw the nose from a profile viewPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Nose - Profile View
A look at drawing the nose from a profile view using basic shapes, then developing the value to model the form and create texture.
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Portrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Mouth and Teeth
A look at drawing the mouth and teeth using a structured approach of observation and application of media.
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Portrait Drawing The Smart Way - The Ear
A look at drawing the ear using a step by step approach of defining specific regions through thoughtful applications of gradations of value.
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Draw Hair with PencilPortrait Drawing The Smart Way - HAIR
A look at drawing hair using a step by step approach of developing values and textures.
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Portrait DrawingPORTRAIT DRAWING THE SMART WAY - GRID DRAWING (3 Lessons)
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using the grid technique. Develop the value within the scene with graphite and white charcoal.
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Portrait drawing with a triangular gridPORTRAIT DRAWING THE SMART WAY - Triangular GRID DRAWING (3 Lessons)
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using a modified grid. This technique greatly reduces the number of preliminary lines but ensures an accurate drawing.
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Toning Paper with Powdered Charcoal - Full Length Video (1:01:27)
Learn how to tone paper to create a portrait sketch using powdered charcoal in this recorded live lesson.
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White Charcoal on Black PaperChiaroscuro - Full Length Video (59:10)
Create dramatic light with white charcoal in this recorded live lesson.

LANDSCAPE


Landscape Sketch with Charcoal PencilsHow to Draw with Charcoal Pencils
Take a look at drawing with charcoal pencils in this tutorial that explores a landscape sketch. How to sharpen charcoal pencils is also covered.
Sketch with China Drawing LessonSketch Cleanly with a China Marker
See how it easy it is to sketch cleanly with a china marker in this drawing lesson
Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing
Landscape Drawing demonstration using black and white conté - excerpts from a live lesson.
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Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing - Full Length Video (56:54)
Watch and learn how to draw a landscape using conte in this full length video demonstration.
how-to-draw-water-calm-wavesHow to Draw Water- Calm Waves
Learn how to draw water with calm waves in this free video demonstration.

ANIMALS


How to draw a realistic bird with graphite and white charcoalHow to Draw A Realistic Bird With Pencil and White Charcoal
Learn how to draw a bird with basic shapes and render the image with pencil and white charcoal.
Free drawing lesson-white on blackDraw with White Media on Black Paper
Learn how to draw with white media on black paper in this drawing lesson.
White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal Time Lapse of an Elephant
Time lapse of a white charcoal drawing of an elephant.
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White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal on Black Paper - Full Length Video (59:10)
Learn how to draw with white charcoal on black paper in this full length video.

STILL LIFE


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Charcoal Still Life Lesson SeriesCharcoal Still Life Series (5:10:22)
A detailed look at drawing a still life with charcoal. The emphasis of this lesson series is on creating the illusion of texture. (5 videos)
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White Charcoal GlassWhite Charcoal "Glass" - Full Lesson (1:01:58)
White charcoal pencils are used on black paper to create the illusion of glass.  Recorded Live Lesson.
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Charcoal Rendering Still LifeCharcoal Rendering Still Life - Full Lesson (1:03:15)
Use a kneaded eraser to erase out highlights in the creation of a charcoal rendering still life. Recorded Live Lesson.
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How to Draw DraperyHow to Draw Drapery with Conte - Full Length Video (59:17)
Learn how to draw cloth or drapery in this recorded live lesson.
How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a rose with charcoal by using the eraser to erase out highlights.
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How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal - Full Length Video (59:25)
Watch and learn how to draw using mostly the eraser to create a rendering of a rose in this full length video demonstration.

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